New England topped the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in a game that dragged the high-def NFL back to the days of black-and-white TV. It was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in the 53-year history of the game.
Tom Brady captured his record sixth NFL title by throwing for 262 yards, without a touchdown. The Patriots matched the Steelers for most Super Bowl wins, with six.
Julian Edelman caught 10 passes for 141 yards; he was the day’s only consistent offensive threat.
Brady engineered the game’s lone touchdown drive —a five-play, 69-yard march punctuated by an over-the-shoulder, 29-yard throw into the hands of tight end Rob Gronkowski. On the next play, Sony Michel scored on a 2-yard plunge with 7 minutes to play for a 10-3 lead.
But the real stars of this game were the New England defenders, who smothered Rams quarterback Jared Goff, holding him to 229 yards that felt like less.
After New England’s score, Goff moved the Rams down to the New England 28 with 4:30 left. But the third-year quarterback threw one up for grabs near the end zone and cornerback Stephon Gilmore stepped in front for the interception.
The Rams, who averaged 32.9 points a game this season, joined the Miami Dolphins —from Super Bowl 6 in 1972— as the only the second team not to muster a touchdown in the title game.
For some teams in the NFL, being in the Super Bowl is a goal, but in New England, it’s an expectation.
You have to feel it when it’s not tangible.
You have to believe it when you cannot see it.
Today’s the day. #EverythingWeGot featuring @MeekMill pic.twitter.com/nRp12yCVKI— New England Patriots (@Patriots) February 3, 2019
Super Bowl Sunday marks the Pats’ eleventh appearance in the Big Game and their fourth in the last five years. It is their sixth win!
Talk about a dynasty….. one that has come full circle, as the Pats took on the Rams, the same team they faced exactly 17 years ago when New England hoisted the Lombardi Trophy for the first time.
After an 11-5 regular season, many thought New England’s run to a Super Bowl would come up short, but as the Pats have proven: they’re still here.
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22News spoke with fans in western Massachusetts about their predictions for the big game:
“For the past two weeks, they’ve been able to control the clock, control the ball, limit opportunities for the other team,” Kevin Cloonan of East Longmeadow said. “If they can do that again they’ll come away with a win.”
“You never know, there’s two really good teams that both want it, but my bets on the Patriots,” Michael Farnham of Hadley said. “I’ll say they win by 3.”
“It’s been super close regardless of who we play so I’m expecting more of the same,” Boston resident Jackson Hamilton said. “I’ll guess Pats 42, Rams 35.”
Sunday’s game was a battle of experience vs. youth. Although the Pats were favored in Sunday’s game, a victory in Atlanta did not come easy as the Rams have some of the best young talents in the NFL.